BLVD Treatment Centers Philosophy
The BLVD philosophy emphasizes mindfulness, meditation, trauma work, giving back, creative self expression, community, and the importance of laying solid groundwork for a soulful and sustainable recovery. The approach to addiction is tri-fold, offering treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit. Through comprehensive outpatient services for alcohol and drug addiction, BLVD helps clients change their negative self perceptions and beliefs. Treatment is based on AA’s 12-Steps of recovery, and is administered in conjunction with group and individual therapy sessions.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Lauren Costine, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer
Among her extensive list of accomplishments, Lauren Costine is a clinical psychologist, author, educator, advocate, activist, and one of BLVD’s founding members. Her work focuses on addiction and codependency issues, co-occurring disorders, depth psychology, psychodynamic and family systems modalities, and LGBTQ-affirmative psychotherapy. Previous to her work at BLVD, Lauren acted as the Family Counselor at a local substance abuse recovery center for over five years. Lauren is also currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Masters of Psychology program at Antioch University.
Alexia Rigos, LMFT
Volunteering and then interning at various schools, Alexia’s work would take her into addiction counseling. For the next three years she worked at a treatment center specializing in treating clients with addiction, HIV, and co-occurring disorders. She also volunteered regularly at a Hollywood non-profit organization where she and her brother would serve food to inner city underprivileged youth while providing them a safe place to gather and socialize. Now, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Alexia believes that it was the love and support of her own family that drove her passion to want to help others in need.
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ABOUT BLVD TREATMENT CENTERS
With detox and short-term residential facilities in Corona and Hollywood, and five outpatient centers in Greater Los Angeles, San Diego, and Portland, BLVD Treatment Centers is a growing organization focused on treating adults struggling with addiction and dual diagnosis. BLVD prides itself on its stylish facilities offering comprehensive, multidisciplinary program.
Across its locations, the facility offers medical detox, short-term residential treatment, and intensive outpatient programming (IOP). BLVD is among the 24.8 percent of facilities in California that offers dedicated programming for the LGBTQ+ community, and there's also a specialized treatment track for people aged 35+.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at this facility begins with an initial assessment phone call, following which some clients are admitted within 24 hours.
Clients who need to detox will do so in Hollywood or Covina, where they'll receive full medical and psychiatric evaluations, 24-hour nursing care, and individual and group therapy. They'll also be administered medications as needed, including, if appropriate, Suboxone (in use at 21.9 percent of California rehabs) and Naltrexone (in use at 19.4 percent of California rehabs).
The next level of treatment is the IOP. Clients attend three three-hour sessions per week, in either the morning or the evening. Clients can choose between a 12-step or a non-12-step track, with an option to participate in the 12-step alternative SMART Recovery. On both tracks, they have access to a wide array of treatments, individualized to suit their needs.
Therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness training, and sessions on family systems, healthy relationships, and addiction education. Holistic activities include expressive arts therapies and yoga. Family therapy does not appear to be offered in an integral, sustained way.
Following IOP, clients can progress to an aftercare program that's tailored to each client's needs. Options include staying on in a sober-living facility and continuing to work with BLVD's therapists.
The BLVD treatment team includes a licensed clinical psychologist, master's level therapists, nurses, and case managers, according to information provided to Rehabs.com by the facility. Some employees are in recovery themselves. The six individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date concerning the staff gave exemplary ratings:
Staff Experience and Training: 4.3/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Detox and inpatient clients stay in family homes decorate in a hip, modern style, with hardwood floors, chandeliers, and bright, airy private bedrooms. The Corona facility has a swimming pool and a hot tub, while the Hollywood center offers yoga, drum circles, equine therapy, and acupuncture (available at just 8 percent of rehabs in California). Both centers offer outdoor patios and nutritious meals. The six individuals polled on the matter indicated that the centers were very clean, with plenty of extracurricular activities:
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep : 5/5
Exercise, Leisure and Extracurricular Options: 4/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the seven alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, six were very positive and one very negative. Reviewers repeatedly thanked BLVD for changing or saving their lives, particularly praising the center's staff. "Very compassionate therapists. Lots of art and meditation therapies," J.W. wrote in one representative comment. "They saved my life!" K.M. added. The three alumni polled on the facility's offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave it perfect five-star ratings for its holistic offerings and counseling options.
Secondary review sites offer a more mixed picture of BLVD, with average ratings of 4.5 stars based on 94 reviews on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page), 3.6 out of five stars based on 16 reviews on Google, and 2.5 stars based on eight reviews on Yelp, plus 16 "not recommended" Yelp reviews, most of which gave the center five stars.  
The positive reviewers often echoed alumni polled by Rehabs.com, by praising the center's staff and the quality and variety of its counseling. "My experience was great. I had some awesome facilitators that taught alot with a lot of variety so it was extremely benefecial," James wrote in a representative review on Google.
However, there are also numerous complaints of short-staffing and the center being more interested in claiming insurance money than in helping people. "Totally understaffed because the corporate people don't want to bring on full time therapists," Dustin wrote in a representative review on Yelp.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single loved one polled by Rehabs.com would strongly recommend treatment at BLVD. "They were very kind and invovling with the care and treatment," the anonymous reviewer wrote, giving the facility five stars in all of the evaluated treatment metrics, including its family participation, holistic offerings counseling options, and ability to treat co-occurring disorders.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The two employees surveyed by Rehabs.com gave the facility positive feedback and high ratings for the same aspects of treatment praised by alumni, including its treatment effectiveness and counseling options. "The quality of therapists is extremely high. Clinicians and support staff are extremely dedicated," staff member Daniel added, also praising the center's policy of offering both 12-step and non-12-step tracks.
BLVD accepts most PPO insurance policies. The center also offers payment plans for uninsured and underinsured clients, as well as some financial assistance, for qualifying clients.
Published on October 2018
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